Theatre and Drama play a vital role in the make-up of the Maynard and are undoubtedly key components in equipping our students with the self-poise and confidence for which they are widely recognised.
Passion for the subject abounds and all the staff aim to pass on their love of theatre and the performing arts to students across the board. We offer a range of far reaching opportunities throughout the school, with chances to explore and excel as performers, directors and designers in as many as 8 – 10 productions each year.
Our girls can choose to take part in performance work ranging from Drama Clubs at Upper 3 (Year 7) and Lower 4 (Year 8), to involvement in the whole school Senior Production, House Drama, seasonal projects, and on to GCSE and A Level.
Students in the Junior School also regularly perform in their own productions throughout the academic year and no-one is a stranger to the stage from Year 3 upwards.
The yearly whole school production is open to students from years 9-13 and is not only an event which showcases the talent and ability of our students but also is a chance for girls across the year groups to work together as a school – an exciting and memorable challenge! Often there is a collaboration with the Music Department in which various musicians form the band or chorus.
We often take this production to one of the theatres in Exeter to give our budding young actors and backstage specialists the opportunity to experience a professional stage. In 2016, we performed the musical ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at The Barnfield Theatre to a sell-out audience over two nights, and this year we performed Beauty and the Beast at the Cygnet Theatre, again to sell-out audiences, this time over three nights with two completely separate casts. Both performances had rave reviews!
All our girls are encouraged to take part in our many school productions both on stage and in technical roles from sound and lighting to designing and making costume and set, or directing and producing.
On top of all this, we also run peripatetic LAMDA classes taught in small groups either at lunch time or after school. The results for these examinations in recent years have been exceptional, with girls regularly achieving Distinction for their grade work. These students also have the opportunity to take part in the Devon and Exeter Performing Arts Festival in March where the quality of their teaching is key to them winning numerous categories.
In essence, the students love the extra curricular drama offerings and we encourage them all to ‘have a go’ in some capacity. From our experience, they gain so much in confidence through these experiences and there certainly is never a dull moment when it comes to Drama!
Each year the school offers Drama scholarships at 13+ and 16+ to students who display a talent for Drama and show an active interest in the subjects.
Scholars will be expected to actively contribute to Drama at The Maynard throughout their time at the school.
Please contact our Admissions team on 01392 355998 or [email protected] for more information about Drama Scholarships or to request an application form.